Skip to main content

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Pattis Family Foundation are pleased to announce the advisory board members for The Pattis Family Foundation Global Cities Book Award, which will recognize and elevate important books contributing to the understanding and analysis of cities and the many issues urban communities face.  

The advisory board represents a distinguished array of subject matter experts and practitioners in the fields of urban affairs and social sciences. Board members will assist in selecting the judging committee and will also serve as ambassadors within their professional spheres, helping to expand global awareness and discussion about the ideas and policy recommendations within the nominated books.

“We’re proud to be working with such a diverse cross section of notable leaders from academia, the news media, and international organizations,” said Lisa Pattis. “This advisory board brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience from each region of the globe, and will be integral in furthering our collective knowledge of the actors, communities, and institutions that shape global cities.”

The advisory board will be chaired by Ian Klaus, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Board members include:

  • Alice Charles, Director, Arup
  • Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large and Professor, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities
  • Adrian Ellis, Director, AEA Consulting and Chairman, Global Cultural Districts Network
  • Margarita Gutman, Director of the Observatory on Latin America, The New School
  • Mona Harb, Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut
  • Natalie Moore, Race, class and communities reporter, WBEZ
  • Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities
  • Ato Quayson, Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Standford University
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
  • Karen C. Seto, Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, Yale University

The Council will be accepting submissions for the award until December 31, 2022. Learn more about the award.

About the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Founded in 1922, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing knowledge and engagement in global affairs. Our in-depth analysis and expert-led research influence policy conversations and inform the insights we share with our growing community. Through accessible content and open dialogue of diverse, fact-based perspectives, we empower more people to help shape our global future. Learn more at

About the Center on Global Cities

We believe global cities—often on the front lines of the world’s greatest challenges—increasingly drive the most innovative solutions and shape our world. Through programming and research, we examine the policies needed to be successful, identify global best practices, connect leaders, and provide concrete recommendations to decision-makers. Learn more at

About The Pattis Family Foundation

With a history originating from book and magazine publishing, The Pattis Family Foundation of Highland Park, Illinois actively supports programs that elevate the value of the written word and intellectual inquiry. In addition, The Pattis Family Foundation supports various health, educational, and cultural initiatives as well as programs that help bridge the opportunity gap for talented students with limited financial resources.